Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Apple Strudel

The kitchen undoubtably is my favourite place in the house. It is not only a sanctuary but a place of true comfort and satisfaction. Someone who will agree is my good friend Cara. She is a true wiz in the kitchen, very organised and a pleasure to cook with.
We have decided to make feta and eggplant meatballs followed by apple strudel. These are two very easy recipes which taste amazing without too much hard work.
The combination of apple, cinnamon and almond meal makes a lovely filling and fruity dessert....a wholesome treat. This must be served with lashings of cream.
Apple Strudel
6 large granny smith apples,peeled and sliced thinly
6 fresh dates, seeded and chopped
165g caster sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
150g almond meal 
8 sheets of filo pastry
100g butter,melted
40g flaked almonds

Preheat oven to 180 degrees
Place apple,dates,sugar,vanilla,cinnamon and almond meal in a large bowl toss to combine and set aside
Layer the filo sheets, brushing between each layer with melted butter
Put the apple mixture along the pastry lengthways, fold each end and roll to inclose
Brush the pastry with remaining melted butter and sprinkle flaked almonds on top
Place on a lined baking tray and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden.

Part 1- Ella & Cara's cooking day!